Cape Fear CREW Announces 2019 Awards of Excellence Winners

February 28, 2019
Written by: Karen Widmayer

Wilmington, NC – February 28, 2019 – Cape Fear CREW is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Awards of Excellence, held yesterday at the Wilmington Convention Center. The awards, the first in the region to focus on the rapidly growing commercial real estate sector, recognized excellence and leadership in commercial real estate in the Cape Fear Region. The event was led by Cape Fear CREW President, Connie Ronner of SunTrust, who noted, “The Cape Fear region is experiencing tremendous growth in both its urban and suburban areas and the counties surrounding the City. Cape Fear CREW is thrilled with the response to its inaugural awards program, designed to bring together and recognize the best of the commercial real estate industry. We are also very excited to see the level of leadership and involvement of the women of Cape Fear CREW and the companies and organizations that were recognized this year.”

Economic & Community Enhancement
South Front - The South Front project transformed a vacant public housing project, Nesbitt Courts, into a successful 216-unit multi-family community closely followed with the conversion of the old Block Shirt Factory into a 54-unit urban loft-style apartment community. The residential portion of South Front was followed by the involvement of Momentum Companies to focus on the commercial aspect of the project, which included additional development and historic renovation and successful leasing to numerous restaurants and retailers.

Ogden Market Place - Ogden Market Place is a 72,782-square-foot, Publix-anchored retail center developed, leased and managed by Halpern Enterprises. The development involved preserving and relocating more than 40 live oak trees and successfully relocated the 200-year Ogden Oak.

 Best Interior
The Nir Family YMCA – The Nir Family YMCA’s new interior space was designed to align with their mission. Social areas became a hub for interconnection, growing community and generational bonds. In the main corridors, there are linear elements that change colors reflecting speed of movement and help with way finding. A new two- story lobby was created to open up the old area, forming a new entrance and the old brick wall at the gym was punctured at the new openings to allow in natural light.

Creative Marketing
The Downtown Trolley – The Downtown Trolley is a free trolley circulating within a small footprint in the CBD area. The project scope required creating a community stakeholder task force to determine the future needs for transportation to connect and support the growth within the downtown districts. To communicate the new routes, the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) stepped forward to partner with WAVE in creating and funding a marketing plan and set of collateral for promoting the Downtown District Trolley route.

Career Advancement for Women
The YWCA Lower Cape Fear - The YWCA Lower Cape Fear works to empower young women, eliminate barriers and provide resources that allow women to become full participants in the economic mainstream of our community through the New Choices Economic Empowerment program. The YWCA's Coastal Women's Ventures is a collaborative program with the Carolina Small Business Development Fund focused on creating and supporting small business opportunities for women entrepreneurs through business coaching, mentoring, small business education, and connecting participants to loan capital.

The Cape Fear Board of Directors previously named the winners of the individual achievement awards:
Impact Award Winner: Beth Pancoe
Beth Quinn Excellence Award: Dana Pellizzari

Cape Fear CREW extends its appreciation to Mayor Bill Saffo of the City of Wilmington for his remarks and for announcing the winners at the event, to 2019 CREW Network President Elect, Christine Gorham of Caddis for her opening remarks, and to our panel of judges:

Steve Yost President - North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership
Dana Fisher Executive Director at North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
Susi Hamilton Secretary for the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Erin Sterling Lewis AIA Principal in situ studio Immediate Past President AIANC

Please join us in thanking our wonderful Award Sponsors!
Award Sponsors:
First Citizens Bank

Parking Sponsor:
Live Oak Bank

Gold Sponsors:
MoMentum Companies
The Braddock Group LLC
Southern Sign Company

Silver Sponsors:
Big Sky Design
Cape Fear Commercial
Coastal Realty Co.
DPS Electrical Contractors
ECS Wilmington
First National Bank
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
HVAC StarPlus
JJ Wade & Associates
Jim Quinn Commercial & Investment Real Estate
Logan Homes
Nabell Winslow Investments & Wealth Management
Realtors Commercial Alliance
Sloane Commercial Real Estate
South State Bank
Star News Media
Tribute Properties/South Front
WIRE Development Services

About Cape Fear CREW and CREW Network
The Cape Fear chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), with more than 50 members from a wide array of commercial real estate interests, has as its mission to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. CREW Network is the affiliated national association which represents over 11,000 women in commercial real estate in chapters across more than 70 major markets in the United States and Canada.